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Red wine 2011 Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG Collenottolo, Umbria, Italy

Type: Red wine
Quantity: 0.75 L
Alcohol content: 15%
Price: Up to 50.00 €
Bottle closure: Natural cork
Maturing: large wood
Registration number: #TBel-L011115

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Last reviewed: 3 November, 2015

DOCG area (also Sagrantino di Montefalco) for red wine in the Italian region of Umbria. The classification was granted in 1993. The zone includes the entire municipality of Montefalco (under this name there is also a DOC area) and sub-areas of the municipalities of Bevagna, Castel Ritaldi, Giano dell'Umbria and Gualdo Cattaneo in the province of Perugia. The dry red wine is made from 100% pure Sagrantino grapes, the grape variety that gives the wine its name. The alcohol content must be at least 13% vol. For the sweet passito made from raisined grapes, 14.5% vol. is required. The maturing period for...

The Italian region with the capital Perugia is located in the heart of Italy and is one of the few regions not bordering a sea. Wine-growing existed in Umbria on both sides of the river Tiber even before the Romans in the time of the Etruscans and the eponymous Umbrians. Archaeological finds and wine cellars more than 3,000 years old, laboriously driven into the volcanic rocks, are historical witnesses to this. After the fall of the Roman Empire, viticulture came to a complete standstill for centuries. It was not until the 1950s that a new start was made. The landscape as well as the climatic and soil conditions are very similar to those of the region of...

Italy is one of the oldest wine-growing countries, the beginnings go back at least to before 1,000 BC. It was at this time that the Etruscans appeared in central Italy, settling areas in the four regions of today's Abruzzo, Lazio, Tuscany and Umbria. The origins of Italian wine culture lie above all in the Greek colonisation, which brought Greek wine culture to the peninsula, beginning in the 10th century BC on the island of Sicily as well as Campania and Calabria. The Greeks brought many of their grape varieties with them and named the ideal land for...

The red grape variety comes from Italy. Synonyms are Sagrantino Rosso and Sagrantino di Montefalco. According to a hypothesis that can no longer be verified, the variety was introduced to Umbria in the Middle Ages by Byzantine monks from Greece or by Franciscans from Asia Minor. This is also indicated by the name, which is possibly derived from "sacro" (holy). According to a hypothesis which is also not verifiable, it is said to be a descendant of the ancient grape variety "Itriola" mentioned by Pliny the Elder (23-79). The late ripening vine is susceptible to downy mildew. It produces dark ruby red,...

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